Last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow, better known as G Pizzle in some circles (not really. Please, no one call her that, ever), was in Paris for the Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne Tour. She was so hyped that she tweeted out a photo of herself on stage with the duo:

with this seemingly innocent caption:

Though neither rapper has a problem with using the N-word as evidenced by the music video for the song:

Gwyneth took it upon herself to censor it.

So let’s break this down. First, it’s the title of the song. Second, she was cognizant enough to know that the full on double G-unit uncensored version of the word might piss some people off so she replaced them with our good friend the double **. Third, Gwyneth was clearly excited to be on stage with Jay-Z and Kanye in Paris while they sang a song about them being in Paris, FOR REALZIES! Seems like it passes the “it’s okay for the skinny white girl to use the N-Word” test to me, far more so than V-Nasty.

But we live in an era of react first, think never so there was some butthurt around the net about her tweet.

Fuck that noise.

Look, I loudly proclaim that racism is still an issue we face with in our modern, enlightened world. I talk about it often. This? This is not racism. It doesn’t even weigh in on the racism scale. Take the fame out of the picture and see this for what it really is. This is fangirling. If Gwyneth wasn’t a movie star, no one would give two shits. We’d be all like, “Hey, look, a skinny white girl on stage tweeting about two rappers in Paris rapping about being in Paris. For reals!”

Because she’s a classy lady, Gwyneth later clarified her tweet with a followup:

Shit. You don’t need to explain, girl. You did nothing wrong. Now go on with your bad self and Goop it up.

  • awesomemvs

    lots of people get upset when nobody white girls tweet that word, actually. It’s on tumblr all the time. It is the title of the song, though.

  • awesomemvs

    i just read about Darius Simmons so I’m not going to tell POCs who can and can’t use this word or if it was okay for Paltrow to use it this time because it didn’t have malicious intent and it’s on twitter. I can’t believe the shit POCs still go through. POCs themselves on an individual basis should decide who gets to use the word and how it makes them feel personally and you don’t tell a group how to feel about their own issues, problems, or triumphs. Most of the time whites using it sounds so stupid and entitled so i can understand the backlash.

  • Vortigar

    tyty? (thank you thank you?) beehigh? (bbzzzzzzz?)
    I have no idea what that stuff means.
    Yeah, they’re shooting before thinking if they call her out on this.
    I’d say intent is everything when it comes to the use of any word.
    But my thoughts about this are well-documented on this site.
    ps. this new comment system is wiping out all my extra returns so I can’t create paragraphs anymore, really kills legibility of some posts.